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Hi, I would like to ask something about the difference between adj and passive voice
here is a sentence quoted from a passage in Animial science 2006: Musk deer are distributed in most of the forest areas in China.
I checked a dictionary that gives an example for the usage of "distribute"
"This species of butterfly is widely distributed over our country."
It says "distribute" is used as vt in the above example. Does it mean that someone distributes the butterflies widely over our country? or distributed is an adj?
Last edited by ykw123456; 10-Nov-2008 at 13:03.
However, Merriam Webster does list "distributed" as an adjective and indeed it is used as such in expressions like "distributed denial of service attack"
Googling "past participle as adjective" turned up two interesting, similar discussions in the first two results; I'm sure you can find more.
In your sentence 'distributed' is participle II (or past participle) functioning as the nominal part of a compound nominal predicate. In this function it is adjectivised (devoid of the idea of action).